Rickard's Red - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 30.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

Crafted using three different malted barleys, Pacific Northwest hops and the finest Brewer's Caramel, Rickard's Red is exceptionally flavorful with a smooth finish. Enjoy Canada's favorite red beer with its proud pub heritage served cold in a pint glass.

Brewed using three different malt barleys, Pacific Northwest hops, and the finest Brewer's Caramel.
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Photo of maclean25
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of Rickard's Red back in my university days and still find it occasionally on tap at a bar.

This beer has a creamy-to-foamy, light beige head. The body has a clear, reddish brown body. It has a strong aroma of caramelized malt but also hints of smoke and fruit. The taste is almost soley of toffee and malt with a hit of hops at the end. If find it has a full body but is a little watery also.

Overall, it is not a complex beer but its simplicity is what makes it so generically good. The aroma is this beer's weakest point but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of hopsolutely
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My default beer at any generic chain restaurant - and I'd forgotten how long it's been since I've been in such an establishment...

Very surprised to see this listed as an American red, as there's no sign of hops in the flavour; the sweet caramelized malts are totally predominant. Beautiful to look at, a brilliant amber colour with decent head - pours a nice pint. Reasonable mouthfeel, but the aroma is of bready sweetness and the taste is mild enough to appeal to most lager lovers.

Often the best product available in a Molson-sponsored bar, and I’ve quaffed a lot of it in the past, but never something I'd choose otherwise – and I won’t be returning to this place soon!

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar/caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some light very very light hops. Really there isn't a whole lots of taste here.. maybe a hint of nuts. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Was over at a friends house and wasn't going to turn this beer down even though I'm not a huge fan of it. At least it's a step in the right direction from most of the other boring macros out there.

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Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready/grainy malts with some corn, some floral hops and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet grainy and caramely taste with very light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a sweet/light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavours and aromas.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.4/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Swiss Chalet in Toronto. Pours amber with a thick, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of fermented dough and not much else. Medium, tangy body. Taste is of very unpleasant sour dough. I do not know how is it possible to spoil the beer like that.

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Photo of BYOFB
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought this back from a recent trip to Niagra Falls. Poured from twist top bottle to pint.

Pours a medium brownish red color with a nice almond head that leaves patchy legs of lace. Nice looking beer. Smells of bicuit malt with a very slight grassy hop coming through.

Falls short on taste with a fairly weak malt flavor taking the forefront. Medium to light mouthfeel with a pretty clean finish.

Fine for having at a BBQ, but pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was another in a long list of mediocre beers I had on a recent visit to Toronto, where I was determined to try every beer I had not seen before.

I guess the color was amber but there wasn't much else about it that was to style. It was more like a killian's than anything else. Maybe a little extra maltiness but otherwise just a light aroma, low taste beer that was very unmemorable.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.27/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at a Tony Roma's in Niagra Falls. I was interested in trying some of the local faire. Now I find out that this was a Molson of a different color.

This beer looks like a good example of a red. It was served in an english pint with minimal foam.

I couldn't get much from the aroma. It smelled like a lager. I blew my nose a couple times to ensure that I wasn't the reason for a lack of bouquet.

The taste was really bland as well. It was like they dyed a lager to look like a red.

It wasn't worth the calories... so I left two-thirds behind.

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Photo of NV9
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very good looking beer, nice colour, good foam head, very appetizing on a hot summer patio day.

Not a very strong smell and what is there isn't great, slightly malty I suppose.

Taste is good at first, sweet with a good bit of flavour but quickly leaves a slightly bitter finish/aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A carbonated feel, pretty light for a red ale, nothing bad but just doesn't have a ton to make it stand out.

Overall, this beer is readily available and is a good alternative the Coors/Canadian/Blue options for widely found Canadian macro-beers.

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Photo of giblet
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ordered this at the hard rock cafe in niagara canada. had not heard of it so i figured it was a micro. i now see it is a molson. came out looking flat with very little film of head. smelled very light and faint of some caramel and fruit. the taste was lighter than the smell. i understand some beer will be flat from the tap but watery too? not good. bottle may be better but i will likely pass it by.


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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After getting into Niagara Falls, Ontario, I was pumped to try some Canadian brews. I’m not sure exactly how local Kelsey’s on Clifton Hill is, but it had some pretty tasty food and what looked like a decent selection of beers on tap. Good start. Anyway, I asked the server what he liked, and he recommended Rickard’s Red. It’s Canadian, I’ve never heard of it before, and now it has a good word; perfect for my first beer in Canada. Hit it!

On-tap at Kelsey’s in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-07-2011.

A: Dark amber shine in the body looks great, with an eggshell head that unfortunately doesn’t last. No lacing at all – the color saves it from looking like a greasy adjunct.

S: A bit of skunk props up the nose, which is so weak it’s almost non-existent. After a little while, slight fruits become apparent, too. They’re mostly stale, though, as is the hints of wheat at the nose’s back end. Not impressive in the slightest.

T: Fruits up front, coupled with some alcohol that rounds off some of the sweet edges. A big swell of grains comes out towards the back end, but they can only be described as musty and worn-out. That’s it. This palate is taste deficient, to be sure.

M: Flat and unfortunate on the tongue. Goes down that soda that has been sitting so long that the ice has melted, making every sip a watery mess. This beer really has nothing going for it.

O: Not a great start, Canada – this was not a pleasant experience. And it’s not because there’s some huge, offense off-taste or a striking flaw; it just wasn’t satisfying or flavorful in any way. Too bad, but it hasn’t shaken my confidence that I’ll find some good brews in Ontario. I’m still on the hunt!

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber color with a hint of red and an inch high fluffly head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Flavors of toasted malt, some grainy cinnamon and caramel, finishes a bit buttery. Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Not sure why this one gets slammed so much. May not be world class, but not a bad beer, particularly from such a large producer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to taste Rickard's Red at The Keg restaurant in Calgary. This was a decent beer produced by a marco-brewery. The appearance was a ruby red with foamy white head. The smell was not overly impressive, but most red ales aren't. There was some malt and subtle hop to the nose. The taste was very smooth with nice malt character that was well balance. The mouthfeel was quite good and would be a good selection for a session beer.

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Photo of Converge
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big frothy 3 finger head after a really aggressive pour; a more conservative one would have probably yielded about one to one and a half fingers of head. Color is brown with a touch of copper-amber. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Light caramel malt and slight floral hops in the background. Nice malty sweetness, but not much else.

T - A little stronger on the spices and hops than I would have liked, I would have preferred a bit more malt here. Bits of caramel and nut round out the complexion primarily made up of sweet malt. Not much else going on.

M - Light-to-medium carbonation, with a medium-bodied feel. Compliments the light flavor nicely.

D - Lacks a bit in the flavor department, and could have used some more malt to put it over the top. Nothing offensive, just pretty generic.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rickard’s Red…on tap at Taco Tequila in Montreal

Appearance- a milky red body with a decent white head on top that simmers and slows down. Sits nicely on top. Not bad looking at all

Smell-light malt with a little sweetness mixed in, a little spice and alcohol as well. Not much else there though what is there is decent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, nice gentle malt flavor that is very smooth allowing for easy sipping. A touch sweet at first but evens out on the way down. Light caramel touch at the end. Goes down easy.

Overall-a decent red, I can think of better ones but this was ok to have in Canada and went well with my fajitas. Cheers.

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Photo of marcusR111
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden red coppery color with a very fluffy airy head. Head dissipates quickly though. Leaves a good lace.

S- Not a lot of smell that I notice.

T- Generic taste to it and nothing exotic. bitter sourness after taste

M- slightly carbonated and thicker body that leaves your mouth dry.

Serving style: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Outback in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Light frothy.5 finger head reddish toasty auburn color.

Nose light toasty reddish malts, light saison like yeasty like aroma, light caramel malts little syrupy.

Taste similar, light crisp ale, light yeast, caramel malts toasty red malts, hints of a malt extract too, pretty light, clean crisp finish with hint of fruits. Light bitterness.

Mouth is pretty light, decent carbonation.

Drink is good though, light beer, light flavors, goes down easy with no real off flavors, just not a lot of flavors.

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Photo of marty21
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper/red with a one finger white head that doesn't last too terribly long but settles to a very solid cap. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S: I get caramel malt as well as a little nuttiness. I also get a faint aroma of floral hops.

T: It has a grainy taste to it with hints of caramel. I get a very sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with a lighter body. Goes down quite easy.

D: Overall this isn't a bad beer. It's a great choice when you're somewhere that basically only has a macro selection. It's also quite drinkable and I could have a bunch of them.

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Photo of djmitche
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Faced with a lineup of some of Canada's less exciting beers, I decided to take the plunge on Rickard's Red. I was not disappointed! The pour had a nice ruby appearance and a thin head. There are perceptible hops in the nose, although nothing too shocking. The taste has the nice roasted malt flavor you want from a red. All in all this is a decent example of the style. I could have a few of these while others pounded their Labatt's and not be unhappy.

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Photo of A380
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light red with beige head that stays for a while and it has pretty good lacing. smells like slightly roasted grains and tastes wet but has decent flavour. carbonation is good. very easy drinking and its not overly strong taste makes it good for a nice session beer. overall pretty good beer!

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Photo of rarbring
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear red amber brew with an off-white head that leaves rather good lacing.

The smell is dominated by the malt aromas, sweet brown bread mainly.

The taste has an upfront sweetness, raisins, dried figs, acidity from green pears and ripe lemons.

Rather high carbonation, refreshing for being a red.

Not at all bad (the Rickard's seem to be better than Molson in average).

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Photo of DrJay
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The name certainly isn't a lie -- this poured a clear medium red with a short cap of beige foam. Lots of lacing, very sticky, with good head retention. Strange aroma. I get lots of fruitiness, not quite citrus, with some grainy malt and a hint of floral hops. Same in the flavour, just with mild bitterness added. Light iron character in the finish. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, quite dry and nearly astringent. Not bad if you're stuck somewhere with only macro taps, but certainly not something I'd seek out or choose over nearly any craft offering.

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Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served a clear amber color with a decent head that fades to light lacing.

S: grainy aroma with a trace of caramel.

T: Light sweetness that is clean and refreshing.

F: light body, smooth and goes down easy.

D: Good choose when at a pub that serves mostly macros.

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Photo of smithza9
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer in a true Canadian pub. It was a great beer that had a full bodied taste and and a smooth finish. I compare this beer to the Kilkenny but a lot heavier. It's very filling so try and have it with a meal to get the full enjoyment out of it.


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Photo of jpro
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh... Rickard's Red! Picked up as part of a Canadian beer haul by the little lady. The last time I had this, I was 20 years old and on a snowboarding trip at Mont Tremblant. It didn't seem too bad back then... my, how the times have changed! Poured into my camp cup (while camping in the Pisgah National Forest) a clear copper / red with a thin, effervescent head - looks refreshing at least! Smell: hmmm, what smell?! Just malty / sugar. Taste is more of the same - a light caramel malt sweetness with pretty much nothing else - no bitterness / hops / or bite on any level. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkable in the realm of thirst quenchers, but the sweetness would probably do you in after a couple. Kinda disappointed...

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Rickard's Red from Molson Coors Canada
71 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.